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Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

Challenge Accepted: Read Harder 2017

Challenge #15: Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+

A new year means new year resolutions and challenges. One reading challenge that I love to do is Book Riot’s 2017 Read Harder challenge. Instead of having people focus on a specific number of books, Read Harder challenges people to read different genres or authors that they may overlook. This year, there are 24 prompts for readers, and a complete list may be found here on the Book Riot Goodreads page.

A Cup of Water Under My Bed

Retro Gay Lit

LGBTQ narratives set in the 'gay times' of yesteryear

Here is your chance to read fiction, biographies and historical selections set in gay times long gone. As you read them, rack up your nostalgia by listening to the lyrics of Fela Kuti and La Sonora Matancera or the sounds of Banjo music and Violin Blues by African American fiddlers. The combination will surely transport you to another time.

book cover for "Rubyfruit Jungle" by Rita Mae Brown.

#OrlandoUnited

“When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” – Audre Lorde

Book cover of The Weight of Feathers

Tough Topics in YA: Inclusion

This month’s selections feature materials on the subject of inclusion and exclusion. It’s a topic that everyone can relate to regardless of age, race, or gender: feelings of being uncomfortable, that one does not belong, or that one does not simply “fit in” are universal. Perhaps because of this sentiment, this subject matter has been explored by several authors, although the topic has assumed a number of different forms in the YA genre.

Aristotle and Dante cover

YA LGBT+ Romance Favorites

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, and YA has been a great place to find LGBTQ+ reads. This is a short list of some great pride reads that   Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Juliet Takes a breath cover

Teen Summer Reads

May is almost over and that means summer is right around the corner! As we remember what the sun looks like, this list of teen books will inspire you to take that summer road trip, make the best summer jams playlist, or help you get summer reading prizes from the library.   Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera  

PKL Youth Advisory Now Forming

Earn Community Service Hours as a Library Youth Advisor

Teens!  Are you a respectful, responsible young adult aged 13-19 and interested in sharing your ideas about how the Parklands-Turner Library can meet your needs and the needs of other young people in our community? Visit the library today or phone 202-645-4532 and ask to speak with Ms. Auset for more information on how you can be a part of this exciting new group.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Empowerment Through Music: Young Adult Titles

Even though it seems to exist in a world of its own, literature – especially young adult literature – is inherently familiar and joined with music. The rhythm and emphasis on figurative language are often enough on their own to connect books to the realm of musicality. However, sometimes music also becomes part of the story or takes on a more concrete shape in the life of the protagonist. For these stories, music is essential. If you have a taste for music and YA Fiction; these stories are ones you shouldn’t miss.  

book cover for "the blind date" by delaney diamond.

Real Love

"You see I'm searching for a real love and I don't know where to go. Been around the world and high and low and still I'll never know.  How it feels to have a real love 'cause it seems it's not around. Gotta end it in this way because it seems he can't be found." - Mary J. Blige  

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Girls Rock and Read!

Picks for music-loving teens

Every year, DC Public Library staff give the campers over at Girls Rock! DC camp a book list to rock out to. Here are a few of our top picks of Young Adult fiction that features music as a main character or theme... for the young music lover in your life, or just for you!  

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